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WATERTOWN, S.D. – A 39-year-old man died Tuesday night, Aug. 7, in a one-vehicle crash 13 miles north of Watertown in northeast South Dakota when his vehicle went into the median and crashed into a pillar that supports an overpass over Interstate 29. The name of the man is not being released pending notification of family. He was the only person involved.
PIERRE, S.D.—In one of the largest-ever wildlife trafficking investigations in the Midwest, 19 of the 31 people arrested in the undercover operation have been sentenced in federal court. U.S. Attorney for South Dakota Ron Parsons, in a release on Tuesday, Aug. 7, said the sentences were handed down this spring and summer to nine men and five women from South Dakota, one man from North Dakota, one man from Idaho and two pawn shop operations in South Dakota.
STURGIS, S.D. -- The third fatality of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota was reported Wednesday, Aug. 8, as attendance continues to climb well above last year. The 63-year-old man died on Tuesday at 11:20 a.m. on Sturgis Road near Piedmont when the motorcyclist failed to negotiate a curve, went off the roadway, hit a pole and rolled. The man was pronounced dead en route to the hospital. He was not wearing a helmet.
ANNANDALE, Minn. -- A 74-year-old Annandale man has died in a head-on crash with a dump truck in Wright County northwest of the Twin Cities about 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7. The man’s name will be released Wednesday. His van veered into the wrong lane and hit the dump truck head-on, said the Minnesota State Patrol.
STURGIS, S.D.—Attendance is up at this year's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota by about 2.5 percent through the first four days of the nine-day event. As of late Monday, Aug. 6, 221,127 visitors had arrived in the picturesque city compared to 215,744 last year. Saturday was the big day, with 60,119 people arriving for the 78th annual event, which was up 10.8 percent from last year. Sunday was a little slower, bringing the overall number down.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn.—Maybe it's just a breather, but the long-simmering controversy between the R.D. Offutt Farms' potato field expansion project and environmentalists concerned about groundwater and lake pollution may have come to an end or at least reached a turning point.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson announced Tuesday, July 31, that she will be filing a lawsuit this week to block online publication of 3D-printed gun blueprints. “Proliferation of untraceable, undetectable 3D-printed guns is a threat to our public safety,” said Swanson, who is running for governor this year. The guns have no serial code and wouldn’t be picked up by metal detectors at all kinds of safety checkpoints.
SIOUX FALLS -- A Sioux Falls prisoner who was accidentally released on Monday because he had the same name as another inmate that was supposed to be set free has turned himself in. Adrian Ray Watson, 28, of Sioux Falls returned to the Minnehaha County Jail on Thursday, July 26, about 11 p.m. He was being held on $2,500 bail, but jail officials made an error and released him. He was in jail on charges of assault and robbery.
LAKE SHORE, Minn. -- A 55-year-old Wisconsin woman was arrested Tuesday, July 24, following a crash in which the vehicle she was driving started on fire in northern Minnesota and she was pulled to safety by a nearby resident.
ST. PAUL -- Absentee voting, where Minnesotans can cast their ballots from home or at their county courthouses, is up 150 percent this year so far compared to 2016, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon. As of Thursday, July 26, 29,657 voters have cast ballots compared to 11,806 in 2016. In the first year it was available in 2014, 9,062 people had voted by this time.